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B.S. in Health Care Management: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED

The health care management courses in our 100% online B.S. in H.C.M. program prepare you to apply advanced business skills within the health care industry.

Coursework consists of:

  • 34–55 Core Credits
  • 39 Business Requirement Credits
  • 27 Major Course Requirements
  • 6–28 Elective Courses

We welcome transfer students as well as first-time freshmen to the program. Utica College maintains articulation agreements with a number of community colleges, making it easier for students to transfer to UC and focus on the required business and major health care management courses to complete their bachelor’s degree.

You can earn your B.S. in H.C.M. degree to advance your career in 2–4 years.

Gain an Additional Credential and Boost Your Career

Our 15-credit-hour online Minor in Healthcare Management does not increase the time it takes you to graduate with your bachelor’s degree. Plus, the healthcare management minor is an excellent value. You’ll take five graduate-level courses yet pay the undergraduate-level tuition rate.

Suppose you’d like to pursue graduate study. In that case, both the B.S. and the Minor in Healthcare Management prepare you for Utica’s Master of Health Administration (MHA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) programs. With the healthcare management minor, you can transfer your credits and complete the MHA in just one year.

The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions written in the Utica College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Undergraduate Catalog from the dropdown.

BUSINESS REQUIREMENT COURSES

Learn about financial statement communication, information processing, and measuring business income. Explore measurement and analysis of gross margin, short-term liquid assets, operating assets, short- and long-term liabilities, and cash flows.

Building on concepts learned in Accounting 201, you’ll use accounting information to make managerial decisions, as well as learn about product costing, activity-based costing and activity-based management. Gain an understanding of cost behavior and decision-making, as well as budgeting, performance evaluation, cash-flow analysis, and factors that go into making capital investment decisions.

Prerequisite: Accounting 201

Learn the principles of economics with a major emphasis on the theory of the market system (microeconomics), the economics of international trade, and current economic problems.

Learn the principles of economics with major emphasis on the system as a whole (macroeconomics) and the role of government through fiscal, monetary, and other policies to maintain full employment without inflation.

Gain an understanding of how to apply statistical methods to management and economics. Learn about descriptive statistics, probability, normal curve, sampling, confidence, and regression.

Prerequisites: Completion of mathematics and computer requirements in component one of core.

Students may not also take Psychology/Sociology 211 or Mathematics 112 for credit toward Core Goal 4: Quantitative Reasoning.

Learn business finance for small- or medium-sized corporations while understanding government regulation and how general business conditions affect financial plans and operations. You’ll examine promotion, expansion, methods of raising fixed capital, various types of securities, administration of income, and financial difficulties.

Prerequisites: Accounting 201 or permission of instructor.

Topics include algebra, analytic geometry, applications, elements of linear programming, and mathematics of finance.

Prerequisites: MAT 124, or satisfactory performance in Mathematics Placement Test administered by the mathematics department, or permission of instructor.

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the health care industry, an awareness of the many career opportunities available in the field of health care management, and a working knowledge of basic managerial skills as applied in health care settings. Students will interact with current managers employed in both direct and indirect healthcare settings. They also will learn to apply fundamental accounting, marketing, human resource, finance and leadership skills to address a variety of managerial problems.

Explore the principles of management and organizational theory. You’ll gain an understanding of all functional areas of management, with an emphasis on the key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. You’ll also examine ethical and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges.

Prerequisites: MGT 101 or CMG 103

Learn basic marketing principles and practices including: marketing functions and policies, consumer demand, distribution channels; branding, promotion and advertising, pricing, place and location, ethics, global, economic, and legal implications.

Emphasizes competitive advantages of managing information technology, including electronic commerce, data warehousing, data mining, supply chain management, enterprise resource planning, wireless and pervasive computing, cloud computing, and social networking.

Prerequisites: CSC 117 and MGT 201.

Case study course integrating business strategy and policy formulation at the upper management levels. Includes analysis of internal and external environmental factors (i.e., competitive, economic, legal, global, etc.) Ethics, leadership, and social responsibility are also addressed.

Prerequisites: Senior Standing.

Learn the principles of risk management and insurance. You’ll develop an understanding of the foundations, applications, and selection of life, health, property, and liability insurance. Additionally, you’ll examine enterprise risk management, financial risk management, employee benefits, and strategies to mitigate risk.

MAJOR COURSE REQUIREMENTS

ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology

OR

SOC 151 Introduction to Sociology

Examine the effects of culture when it comes to health and beliefs. You’ll also explore practices related to illness and healing.

Prerequisites: ANT 101 or SOC 151 or permission of instructor.

Economic problems faced by health care industry. Production of health care, market for health care, impact of health insurance, and role of government regulation.

Prerequisites: ECN 131.

Orientation to health care professions, including history and philosophy, ethics, development of health care terms, professionalism, and professional organizations, communication, patient rights, practice arenas, and wellness concepts.

This course will outline how reimbursement systems affect providers, payers, and consumers. Explanation of Medicare, Medicaid, private pay, private insurance plans, health maintenance organizations, and prevention of insurance denials/explanations of benefits will be provided.

Prerequisites: HLS 301 or HLS 305.

Advanced examination of HRM functions, its role in organizations, and its future implications for managers and others. Emphasis on areas of HRM specialization.

Prerequisites: MGT 201.

Guided experience in approved positions with cooperating organizations. Written assignments, periodic conferences, and evaluation statement required.This course can be substituted for an elective course.

PHI 107 Ethics

OR

PHI 108 Professional Ethics

Social organization and functioning of the US Health Care System, a dynamic and pluralistic system involving public and private participants.

MINOR IN HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT

Health care is constantly evolving and change is inevitable. Technology in both the administrative and clinical environments has become dynamic. New medical advances, as well as innovative informatics regarding data capture, delivery, analysis, and storage, are also occurring rapidly.

The role of the healthcare manager is not a static one. Healthcare managers must assume many roles and be proficient in many competencies to lead their organizations. They must possess business acuity, be critical thinkers and motivators, be able to navigate the complexities of both compliance and finance, and they must drive their organizations to discover, appraise, and adopt new and sometimes disruptive strategies to differentiate them from their competitors. Healthcare managers must also engage with and support the communities, which their organizations serve so that all entities thrive.

Learn how to understand and use fiscal knowledge to make mindful decisions in health care organizations. You’ll review and analyze varied accounting processes.
Explore the diverse financial planning, management, and accountability systems existing in the health care organizations today and predicted health care financial uses in the future.
Explore the legal principles of development, application, and assessment in health care organizations. You’ll examine best practices for leadership in applying ethics to business and clinical decision-making, and adherence to the codes of ethics of health care professionals.

Explore broad aspects of service-sector management and strategic planning. You’ll gain an understanding of the customer’s role in service delivery, service offering design, service recovery, strategic plans, and strategy’s impact on the successful delivery of health care.

Same as MGT 531.

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